Hudson River School Paintings Highlight Skinner’s May 31 Auction of American & European Works of Art

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • May 22, 2020

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On Sunday, May 31, Skinner presents an outstanding auction of American & European Works of Art with over 350 lots spanning a broad range of Western styles, media, and regions from the 16th century to the present day including paintings, sculpture, and works on paper. Highlights of the sale include a dramatic escape from wolves by Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski; a skiing scene set in the Austrian Alps by Alfons Walde; and a stunning Hans Hofmann composition from 1950. The sale also features a strong group of Hudson River School and related land- and seascapes by Jasper Cropsey, Worthington Whittredge, Thomas Moran, William Trost Richards, and George Durrie. Sculpture includes diverse works by Antoine-Louis Barye, Alfredo Pina, Jo Davidson, Donald De Lue, and Harry Jackson. Beyond the Jacksons, works on offer depicting the American West include exceptional paintings by Buck Dunton and Gerald Cassidy. Making its debut on the market is an American Impressionist painting by Philip Leslie Hale with ties to Claude Monet and the American colony in Giverny. Also of note is a group of artworks from the Stebbins family collection that includes a rare and exquisite painting by 19th-century French watercolorist Léon Bonvin. Works by Modern and Contemporary artists, including Wolf Kahn, Judy McKie, Mon Levinson, Liu Zijian, George Grosz, Jamini Roy, and Yayoi Kusama round out the sale.

Important works represented in the exceptional group of Hudson River School paintings include William Trost Richards’s 1898 The Island of Hoy (Lot 235, Estimate: $25,000-35,000). After 1867, Richards focused primarily on seascapes, and it is for works like this depiction of an island off the north coast of Scotland that the artist is best known. A vibrant autumnal view by Jasper Cropsey (Lot 241, Estimate: $15,000-25,000) displays the artist’s preoccupation with the scenic views surrounding his home, “Ever Rest,” in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, to which he moved in 1885. Like Cropsey, Thomas Moran favored the landscape in the vicinity of his home and painted a view of Georgica Pond (Lot 248, Estimate: $35,000-45,000) which was only minutes from his summer residence and studio in East Hampton on Long Island, a subject he returned to multiple times during the 1880s. A quintessential example of a Hudson River School landscape, the view of Mount Chocorua (Lot 245, Estimate: $25,000-35,000) in New Hampshire’s White Mountains attributed to Sanford Robinson Gifford, highlights this group. 

  • Alfred von Wierusz-Kowalski (Polish, 1849-1915), The Daring Escape/A Coaching Scene, oil on canvas (Lot 208, Estimate: $175,000-225,000)
  • Alfons Walde (Austrian, 1891-1958), Aufstieg der Schifahrer, oil on canvas (Lot 280, Estimate: $250,000 -350,000)
  • Hans Hofmann (American, 1880-1966), Image in Blue, oil on canvas (Lot 385, Estimate: $80,000-120,000)
  • George Henry Durrie (American, 1820-1863), Sleighs Arriving at the Inn, oil on canvas (Lot 253, Estimate: $125,000-175,000)
  • Alfredo Pina (Italian, 1883-1966), Anguish, bronze (Lot 212, Estimate: $4,000-6,000)
  • Donald De Lue (American, 1897-1988), Phaeton II, bronze (Lot 351, Estimate: $10,000-15,000)
  • Harry Jackson (American, 1924-2011), Ropin’ a Star, bronze, (Lot 276, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)
  • William Herbert (Buck) Dunton (American, 1878-1936), The Water Hole, oil on canvas (Lot 273, Estimate: $70,000-90,000)
  • Gerald Cassidy (American, 1879-1934), Almost There, oil on canvas (Lot 271, Estimate: $8,000-12,000)
  • Philip Leslie Hale (American 1865-1936), Maison Rose, Giverny, oil on canvas (Lot 292, Estimate: $20,000-40,000)
  • Léon Bonvin (French, 1834-1866), Wildflowers on a Wooded Path, watercolor and gouache on paper (Lot 230, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)
  • Wolf Kahn (German/American, 1927-2020), Drawn Downhill, oil on linen (Lot 314, Estimate: $25,000-35,000)
  • Liu Zijian (Chinese, b. 1956), The Shining II, ink on paper (Lot 389, Estimate: $15,000-20,000)
  • George Grosz (German/American, 1893-1959), Wellfleet, watercolor, gouache, and ink on paper (Lot 311, Estimate: $6,000-8,000)

Auction Details

Skinner’s Fine Paintings & Sculpture Auction (Sale 3390B) will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020, beginning at 12PM EDT. This auction will be an online live event, conducted by a live auctioneer, with bidding online in real-time, limited telephone bidding, and by absentee. In accordance with local government guidelines, the public cannot be allowed in the saleroom. Please note that the buyer’s premium is 25% up to and including $250,000 hammer price for both live and online bidding. Prices realized will be available online at during and after the sale. The Skinner website also enables users to view all lots in the auction, leave bids, and bid live, in real-time, through SkinnerLive!

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